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    Bhoomija packs a punch with its Jackfruit Festival, to be held this Sunday

    Bhoomija can be credited with spreading the love for classical Indian music in the city, be it carnatic, folk, or Hindustani. This Sunday, they bring back their annual children’s musical event, performed by kids themselves, The Jackfruit Festival. Usually held over two days, this year, the festival is confined to just one, but the line-up of performances is exciting, as always. “We had some scheduling issues, so we’re one performance short this year. But we promise it’s going to be as electric as every year, if not more,” says Gayatri Krishna, managing trustee of the Bhoomija Trust.
    The day starts off with a performance by Vishaka Hari — a harikatha session in which she will be accompanied by Vittal Rangan on the violin, Arjun Prasad on the mridangam and Sukanya Ramgopal on the ghatam. Combining storytelling, poetry, music and drama, Hari’s show will be in English and she will narrate stories that share the common theme of music. “I love her art and I’m sure the audience will enjoy her performance too. The way she connects with the kids is really great to watch,” enthuses Krishna.
    Sukanya Ramgopal takes the stage again later on, but this time for a rendition of konnakol — the art of performing percussion beats vocally in South Indian music. “It’s a womderful session and everyone will love it, regardless of age,” says Krishna.
    As the day draws to a close, the stage will be taken over by Mumbai-based Banyan Tree’s Tender Roots — a kids’ outfit that will present a live vocal and instrumental set, with a flautist and mridangam, harmonium and tabla players in the mix.
    As with every year, the festival will culminate in a percussion ensemble by children from Bengaluru. Led by Anoor Vinod Shyam, the session includes percussion instruments from jazz drums and folk percussion to Yakshagana chende and darbuka.
    Sunday. At MLR Convention Centre, JP Nagar. 10.30 am. Tickets (Rs 100) upwards on bookmyshow.com

    — Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

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